This was not a performance that West Indies captain, Stafanie Taylor and her team would want to remember. In a match that was concluded in just 32 overs, the West Indies team was all out for a paltry 48 runs. This was the second lowest total in the history of the West Indies women team and the sixth lowest for a women’s world cup. With 4 runs being the second highest individual score for the Windies, Chedean Nation was the only batter to get into double digits with a 26 from 53. South Africa chased down the total in 6.2 overs, winning the match by 10 wickets.
These two teams had met already in a warm-up match before the tournament, which offered some foreshadowing as that too was a low scoring game with the West Indies out for just 65 runs. This match sets up South Africa for the rest of the World Cup, as they now have two wins under their belt (and a point from a rain-abandoned match with New Zealand). As for the West Indies, their bid for the world cup has been an abysmal performance. Despite being T20 World Cup winners and runner-ups in the 2013 world cup, they have lost all three of their matches, putting them at the bottom of the points table.
In such a low scoring match, there wasn’t much room for batting – forget good batting – performances. While openers Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt for South Africa chased down the total in emphatic fashion, our pick of the batters is Chedean Nation who scored a defiant 26 and put up some form of resistance from the West Indies. She walked in at 2/10 and defiantly attempted to salvage collapsing innings till the very end.
It was hard to pick between Marizanne Kapp and the captain, Dane van Niekerk, both of whom took 4 wickets a piece. While van Niekerk bowled 3.2 overs without conceding a single run, Kapp made early inroads and set the stage for a West Indies collapse. She took 4 wickets for 14, with an impressive burst of 3 wickets in 5 balls, which makes her our pick of the bowlers.